Well, the Coalition Government promised to bring decision making down to the local level. The localism bill was to give new rights to neighborhoods and the National Planning Policy Framework was designed ensure local residents have more of a say about planning issues in their area.
And in practice? The incinerator planned for the outskirts of Shepshed is a good case to study. Local residents signed petitions, wrote and voiced their opposition to the application. The Town Council opposed it, their representatives on the Borough Council opposed it. The County Council rejected it.
The Secretary of State has now ignored the overwhelming opposition to this application at parish, district and county level and has imposed this monstrosity on Shepshed and North Loughborough.
Generations of residents in Shepshed and North Loughborough will not only have to suffer the consequences of increased pollution and additional traffic but they will have a massive and obtrusive landmark to remind them of these potential hazards for years to come.”
No wonder Shepshed is fuming!